Lanexa- Mary Eleanor (Barnes) Smith, 72, of Lanexa, Virginia, passed away peacefully on December 29, 2014, following a brief illness. Mrs. Smith, the daughter of Irene (Bloxom) and R. Forrest Barnes, spent her childhood on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, graduating from Parksley High School. She relocated to Richmond, Virginia, where she attended St. Lukeís School of Nursing. She worked as a registered nurse in both hospital and private care settings until her retirement.
Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph W. Smith, and her son, Forrest ìRustyî Smith. She is survived by her son, Joseph Smith; daughter in-law, Denise Smith; grandchildren, Blake, Cheryll, Collin and Gregory Smith; sister, Judith Creger; in-laws Jerry Creger, Donna and Ken App, Diane and Gregory Smith, and Polly Melvin; and her loving extended family and friends, including the Dinsmore family.
A graveside service will be held 2:00pm Friday, January 2, 2015 at Williamsburg Memorial Park, 130 King William Drive, Williamsburg, Virginia. A reception will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org/donate) or a charity of your choice. Bucktrout Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.